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Quinn, Emanuel Hit the Radio Waves



    Watch as Rahm Emanuel and Pat Quinn help launch a new simulcast for the radio station. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011)

    With the push of a button and the slicing of a cake, Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel once again ushered in change together ... but separate.

    The two officials gave separate on-air interviews for News Radio 780's new FM frequency station Monday at the WBBM studio.

    Emanuel even got to push a button officially beginning the station's first live broadcast.

    "For all of us who are actively in the role of governing, having an informed citizenry is essential," Emanuel said.

    Emanuel also commented on the recent congressional debt ceiling debate.

    "I think that the members of both chambers will make the right decision because I think the alternative is not worth considering," he said.

    Shortly after, Quinn sat in for an on-air interview, later cutting a cake in honor of the new station's first broadcast.

    "The news is really important in a democracy, and I think this past weekend we saw how important it is to our whole country and the economy," he said. "We have to get things done right for the people, politics has to take a second seat."